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Former Southern Cal and Duke guard Derryck Thornton has transferred to Boston College. He averaged 7.7 points last season at USC.

Boston College will be the latest home for point guard Derryck Thornton, a consensus top 25 recruit who started 20 games for Duke as a freshman point guard in 2015-16.

Thornton subsequently sat out the 2016-2017 season after transferring to Southern Cal, not far from his Los Angeles home.

He averaged 7.7 points this past season as a redshirt junior but is more of a traditional point guard, racking up 139 assists last season.

Ky Bowman led Boston College in assists last year with 125 but also had a team-high 90 turnovers as a junior. Bowman, who also the team leader in scoring with 19.0 points per game, elected to skip his senior season to enter the NBA Draft. He wasn’t selected but signed a one-year free agent contract with Golden State.

Thornton’s decision was a coup for the Eagles, given that he was considered a Gonzaga “lean,” and particularly meaningful for coach Jim Christian, whose future was in question after BC lost 10 of its last 13 games to finish 14-17.

  • Marco Anthony, a seldom-used reserve on Virginia’s national championship team, has transferred to Utah State after playing 22 games and averaging 1.2 points for UVa. He was 8-for-27 from the field.

Recruiting

Offensive lineman Vershon Lee from Freedom High School in Woodbridge has committed to South Carolina and tight end Matt Hibner from Lake Braddock in Burke has committed to Michigan. They are rated the Nos. 19 and 21 prospects in the state by rivals.com.

William and Mary has taken an oral commitment for 2020 from Strasburg High School quarterback Chase Hart, according to the Northern Virginia Daily. Hart passed for 1,450 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior.

Good catch

Somewhat overshadowed by football head coaching changes in the offseason was Pittsburgh’s hiring of assistant Chris Beatty, who had spent the past two seasons at Maryland.

Beatty, who will coach the Panthers’ wide receivers, coached a VHSL powerhouse at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach prior to college assistant positions at West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Wisconsin and Virginia.

Beatty took the place of Radford product Kevin Sherman, who had coached at Ferrum, Wake Forest, VMI, Virginia Tech and Purdue before going to Pitt.

Odd mix

One of Virginia’s top golf signees, Liam Powderly from McDonogh School in Baltimore, is ranked as high as No. 10 in the country among the nation’s top lacrosse prospects.

On the mend

Former Virginia pitcher Danny Hultzen, selected by Seattle with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, has moved up to the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in Iowa.

Hultzen hadn’t been in Triple-A since 2013, when he was sidelined by arm troubles. He subsequently returned to UVa to complete work on his undergraduate degree and also served as a volunteer coach.

“He’s a great story,” Cubs executive Theo Epstein was quoted in the Chicago Tribune.

Local angle

Former Salem High School boys’ tennis standout Will Drougas has completed his first year as an operations assistant for the UVa men’s and women’s tennis teams.

After playing four seasons at Division III Case Western, where he was a three-time all-conference choice, Drougas earned a masters in athletic administration at UVa .

Doug Doughty is in his 44th year at the Roanoke Times, having produced an estimated 10,000 by-lines, a majority of them on University of Virginia athletics.

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